Posts Tagged‘holidays’

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My Muslim Christmas Story

When I became a Muslim 10 years ago there was no doubt in my mind that Christmas would still be a part of our lives. For me it was one of the most magical parts of childhood. Long before I was an adult worrying about budgets and gifts and Santa, and how should we, of two different cultures raise our children, and a million other questions it simply was the most wonderful time of the year. Way before the culture wars, the religion wars, the shaming and “haram/halal” banter, it was the time I felt so incredibly happy. I’m going to…

Moroccan Passover and Mimouna

Recipes Ideas for a Moroccan Passover and Mimouna

Passover started last Sunday and while this isn’t a holiday that’s on the Islamic calendar, it is on the Jewish calendar of which there are many Moroccan Jews. The communities in Morocco today are very small and I can’t say I’ve even met someone who is Jewish and living here (yet! I’m trying to find some!) Moroccan Jews have a special holiday celebration at the end of Passover called Mimouna. From everything I’ve read and heard it is localized to only Morocco. I would really love to find out more about the history of the holiday, how it came to…

Valentines Dates for Two

Valentine’s Day Meals for Two and Destination Inspired Date Ideas

The funny thing about living outside of the United States is that a lot of holidays just come and go.  Unless we make a really conscious effort to remember them (like Thanksgiving) they slip by. Earlier this week it dawned on me that Valentine’s Day is soon. Truth be told, we don’t usually do much. I might make the boys a special breakfast and MarocBaba and I may go out for coffee or dessert but it’s kind of like every other day. I’ve never been swept up in the sentimental side of the holiday and so maybe I don’t know…

Thanksgiving Abroad

Celebrating Thanksgiving as an Expat

  Last week was American Thanksgiving, and the first holiday we celebrated out of the US. I spent most of the day making all of the staples, roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and apple pies. The boys didn’t really realize it was Thanksgiving, because of course it wasn’t mentioned in school and there’s no Thanksgiving commercials here, it was just another Thursday. When they came home at lunch they were waiting for the big meal. I wasn’t sure if my Moroccan in-laws would like traditional American Thanksgiving food but they did! Overall, it was…

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Technology Gift Ideas for Global Kids

It’s the season for gift guides and it’s got me thinking about the things my boys brought to Morocco and what we left behind. Space was (and is!) a big deal, so technology has helped us in many ways. But there are some toys they’ve really loved having. So, I thought why not share the things they love. This will be a two-part post. This one is dedicated to toys and technology gift ideas. In a post next week I’ll share the non-tech toys we love. The criteria for my decisions were: how portable is it? does it have some…

Caramel

Slow Cooker Caramel and Salted Ginger Cheesecake

MarocBaba looooves caramel. It’s his favorite sweet topping.  Honestly, I know very few people who dislike it! I’ve shied away from making my own because it scares me. A year ago I attempted to make it from sugar and well let’s just say what I ended up with was a hard, sugary mess. So I gave up. Then my mom told me she saw a way to make caramel on Pinterest (of course!) and we should try it. So, last week she and I decided we would do holiday baking early as I won’t be here this holiday season. At…

Eid Gift Ideas

Creative Gift Ideas for Adults and Kids This Eid

Gift-giving is a tradition in Moroccan, and most Islamic cultures. You wouldn’t show up at someone’s home for dinner without a small gift for the hostess or children.  For Eid-al-Fitr, and Eid-al-Adha gifts take on a more celebratory role.  In Islamic countries the practice of gift giving during these holidays is largely based on giving children gifts.  It makes the event feel festive.  For children who have fasted the entire month of Ramadan (after which we celebrate Eid-al-Fitr) this is a token, a reward for their hard work and sacrifices. I have to admit it’s just in recent years that…

4th of July Picnic Ideas

This Thursday is the 4th of July and if you’re like me, you’re looking for the perfect dishes to take to BBQ’s, camping, or picnics. It’s got to be easy and portable but most of all delicious. Here are a few ideas for your Independence Day Celebration.   Lentil Burgers We’re off to spend an extra long weekend with family, enjoying the outdoors, swimming, and saying good-bye’s as we enter the final weeks before our move to Morocco. I hope you’ll have a great holiday weekend – and let me know what’s on your menu!